Berry Global Group Inc. is acquiring RPC Group plc in a blockbuster $4.37 billion, all-cash deal that trumps an earlier purchase attempt by a private equity firm.

RPC, with 153 manufacturing sites in 33 countries, brings about 25,000 employees to Berry’s existing workforce of about 23,000.

The move combines Berry’s concentration of business in North America with RPC’s concentration in Europe and provides a global plastic packaging platform for even more expansion in the future, CEO Tom Salmon said.

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